Remembering Fereydoun Hoveyda


Remembering Fereydoun Hoveyda
by Darius Kadivar

Fereydoun Hoveyda (1924-2006) was Iran's UN Ambassador in 1948, the year of the Creation of the State of Israel and was the signatory for Iran in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a recent Demonstration in Iran, President Ahmadinejad and his followers have denounced the United Nations (created on 26 June 1945 ) as a tool of American Supremacy and expressed their wish to see the Tehran Host the UN Offices (currently dispatched between New York ( General Assembly), Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna.

Mr. Fereydoun Hoveyda ( brother of the former Prime Minister of Imperial Iran Amir Abbas Hoveyda) has been a major figure in the Public Eye be it in International Diplomacy or the world of Arts and Cinema ( One of the Founders of prestigious film Magazine Les Cahiers Du Cinema with Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc Goddard). He contributed to the on many occasions also as Feature Writer. I would like to draw attention to two of his articles which I believe are quite interesting and Resonating given the current international Crisis in the Middle East and particularly in Gaza. Fereydoune Hoveyda wrote an interesting book on the Arab World and their views in regard to the lingering Israeli-Palestinian Conflict entitled  Que veulent les Arabes ? ( See Below).

Signed, sealed & delivered By Fereydoune Hoveyda
Casting the affirmative vote for Iran in approving the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948

Shah of Iran at the United Nations 1948

Recommended Readings:

Fereydoun Hoveyda (1924-2006): A Class Apart By Darius KADIVAR (Payvand But Also on the

Books Articles by Fereydoun Hoveyda (Also Former Feature Writer on

Que veulent les Arabes ? (Broché) By Fereydoun Hoveyda (Auteur), Guy Millière (Préface)

Read or Watch ? That is the question in the age of computers by Fereydoun Hoveyda (

The Hidden Meaning of Mass Communication: Cinema , Books, and Television in the Age of Computers (2000, Praeger Publishers) by Fereydoun Hoveyda.


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He was another yes sir man!

by e rooni (not verified) on

Everyone in the Shah cabinet was a yes sir man,specially Amir Abbas Hovaida and he lasted a long time.Funny thing about him was that despite the repression that was going on in Iran,Abbas Hovaida was the only person that a comic periodical could make fun of.I guess no one dared to make fun of the Shah and that was why he became a punching bag for the Shah's government.At the end ,the Shah paid him handsomely for his loyaly and detained him thinking that by arresting him people would calm down.It did not work and later IRI put him in front of firing squad.Last but not least I thought he was Baha'i,but I read somewhere he had a Jewish background.


Shah imprisoned him!

by Shah imprisoned him! (not verified) on

Shah thanked him for his service by imprisoning him. What a way to show your appreciation Mr. suitcase monarch haha.

Kaveh Nouraee

Darius jaan

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Was Que veulent les Arabes ever published in English?


A man who was liked by many

by ramintork on

I was fond of his articles. He came across as a wise, humble man despite his impressive life.



May he RIP!

by My two cents (not verified) on

I remember he did not have nice feelings toward the Shah and kept blaming him or his brother's death!

I don't know maybe he was right but I believe the Shah could not think straight or act responsibly due to the severity of his illness in the last year prior to the revolution.

He did not know what he was doing! If the revolution had happened 5 to 10 years earlier in his life, things would have been a whole lot different.


An honourable man. God bless

by Fatollah (not verified) on

An honourable man. God bless his soul and God bless his family.


Roohash shad

by MRX1 on

mard bozorgi bood ke be iran besyar khedmat kard.


well done

by mahmoudg on

Mr. Kadivar as usual, a job well done.  and thanks to Excellency Sepahbody for this clip.  It brought back memories of Nasi Entezam.  more on Entezam can also be found at